Thank You Sonoma County, Elected with 61.4% of the Vote

Knowledge & Commitment to Serve Every Child

I'm running to bring to the Board my energy, advocacy and collaboration skills, and recent experience as a Sonoma Valley public school parent. I've lived in Sonoma Valley 26 years. I'm honored that local educators asked me to run. The Sonoma County Board of Education is the governing body for the Sonoma County Office of Education. Area One includes Sonoma Valley, Oakmont, Bennett Valley and Rincon Valley.

Gina at the twins graduation from high school

My Motivation

As a recent public school parent, I'm passionate about the need for quality public education for all Sonoma County children. My twin daughters went through public schools in Sonoma Valley, graduating from Sonoma Valley High in 2011. They are now college sophomores. As Area One Trustee, I'll work to ensure the County Office of Education's programs meet high standards and that career technical education programs meet the needs of both students and employers.

The Need for a Hard Working Trustee

The Sonoma County Board of Education is currently in a period of transition as it reduces in size from seven to five members. The additional workload, with fewer board members, makes it imperative the Area One Trustee be someone who has the motivation to engage with others to address the education issues of a larger area. The issue in this race is not philosophical. It’s who has the energy and drive to be fully engaged in the position so as to better serve students, teachers, staff, parents and all who have a stake in public education in Sonoma County.

The Need to Improve Communication

Elected leaders serve their communities best when they're willing to work together. Communication between the current Area One Trustee and board members of the school districts within Area One is minimal to none. As Area One Trustee, I will work to re-establish relationships with other education leaders to share information and support mutual goals.

My Background

I have 15 years experience on local government boards and commissions. I have been working on children and youth issues as a member of the Sonoma County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board. During my daughters' school years I was an active volunteer and served on Sonoma Valley High's Grad Night committee. I operate a Communications/PR consultancy. Read more about me.

Regarding Donations

Because we plan to keep campaign expenses to less than $1,000, we are not seeking contributions for this race. However, if you would like to show your support for my dedication to community service, the campaign committee for my 1st district supervisor race is still accepting donations to help pay off our debt.